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Students hear from CEO of Nibble Nutrition

Thu, 2018-10-11 13:31

General McLane High School tenth graders were challenged to utilize their passions on Thursday.

As a guest speaker for the High School’s Career Choices, Nibble Nutrition CEO and Co-Founder Max Weber encouraged students to incorporate their passions and interests into their future plans. The twenty-four year old entrepreneur is also a certified personal trainer, online fitness coach and social media influencer with more than 78,000 followers on Instagram.  Weber, who has worked with multi-million dollar brands such as RXBAR, Bulletproof® Coffee, Halo Top Creamery, Power Crunch and Legion Athletics, spoke with students about his career path and how he co-founded of his own start-up.

Nibble Nutrition is a local digital health company that focuses on inspiring individuals to engage in a healthier world through their nutrition app.

Career Choices is a Business Education course for 10th grade students that helps them examine their own interests, abilities, temperaments and goals to determine which career areas are best suited for them. Students gain exposure to all career clusters and research specific careers which apply to their own individual career focus.

GM students recognized in 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:59

General McLane High School seniors Leah Dubynskiy and Emma Henderson been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Congratulations to Leah and Emma!

A Visit From the Dairy Princess

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:41

 

The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes will be having special guest speakers every Thursday through November 1st. These special guests will be “famous” GM students who have interesting things to share.

This week’s guest speaker was Anna Damore who currently holds the prestigious title of Erie County Dairy Princess. Anna spoke to students about the benefits of dairy products and how important dairy is.

The girls in the Erie County Dairy Court travel around Erie County, Pennsylvania promoting dairy products. They speak at schools, churches, farm group meetings, fairs, and appear in parades and at festivals and carnivals.

 

GMHS students attend STEM Day

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:23

General McLane High School students attended Edinboro University’s STEM Day yesterday. During their first lab, students extracted DNA from fruits and vegetables.

Students were told they extracted a perfect sample!

STEM Day is an annual event held by the Math and Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology, Geosciences, and Psychology Departments. It is held on Edinboro’s Fall semester “Reading Day” for anyone interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. This was the fifth annual event.

McKean Elementary hosts Desktime with Dads

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:13

McKean Elementary hosted Desktime with Dads on Friday.

Fathers / grandfathers / father-figures were invited to visit the classrooms and spend time with their kiddos.

This event is sponsored by McKean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). They also host Moments with Moms in May. For more information on what they do, please see our website.

McKean students perform “contraction surgery”

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:03

McKean Elementary students scrubbed up on Tuesday and became word surgeons.

Mrs. Hoge’s second grade classroom turned into an operating floor for “contraction surgery.” Using gloves and masks, students worked efficiently to repair those broken contractions.

Through this hands-on learning experience, students learned how to identify two words that make contractions and combine them into one contraction. They performed surgery on different words that can be shortened and put back together using an apostrophe.

The good news? No contractions were lost during this procedure!

Shaving Cream for hands-on learning

Wed, 2018-10-10 08:35

Not many individuals may associate shaving cream as a typical learning medium in the classroom. But that’s exactly what McKean Elementary Kindergarten students used for literacy on Friday.

Students in Mrs. Gluvna’s class used shaving cream to practice learning letters, numbers, sight words and sounds. Specifically, students practice words such as: the, I and it. They also practiced the letters i, t, p, n, s, a, l, d, f, h, g,  and o.

Finding innovative ways to incorporate tactile learning into the classroom is much more commonplace for today’s teachers. Research shows that activities such as this is more engaging for students than the traditional worksheet and promotes greater learning.

JWPMS Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2018-10-09 10:10

 

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Ciera Boyajian (5th) Charlie Salvo (5th) Lincoln Turner (6th) Teige Berger (6th) Trent Chesley (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

JWPMS to host 5th Annual Trail of Treats

Fri, 2018-10-05 13:51

James W. Parker Middle School students will once again add Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.

Members of the 8th grade advisors are hosting the fifth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27.  Children are invited to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“We like to open our building up to the community for a warm and safe environment for children to Trick or Treat,” said Nicole Chabola, co-advisor to the student group and teacher at JWPMS.  “With the help of the staff, students, and 8th grade volunteers, this event also allows the community to give back to a local organization.”

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $3 per child. An adult must accompany any child throughout this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

All candy is donated from local businesses. Previous events, which have averaged 300 trick or treaters, raised money for the AH Club of Edinboro, Boro Women’s and Family Services, the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA. Last year’s event raised nearly eleven hundred dollars for the AH Club.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the Because You Care, an Erie, PA, 501(c)3 animal rescue and pet adoption organization that works through a network of foster homes in McKean.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-05 10:02

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School Art Teacher Karen Hodas, who has worked for the District for 15 years!

Outside of school Mrs. Hodas works as a freelance photographer, graphic designer and teaches painting classes!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I get to teach students what I love to do most, photography & Art! I love to see their excitement & passion grow!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I love how everyone will say hello to each other, I feel safe and cared about by the students, faculty and staff.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

The year we won both state titles was absolutely amazing!

Did you know ….

Mrs. Hodas loves Bernese Mountain Dogs!

Behind the Scenes of Beason’s Octolampus

Thu, 2018-10-04 14:22

General McLane High School junior Isabella Beason placed third nationally in the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF) Arc Welding Foundation’s 2018 Welding Awards Competition.  Here’s a Behind the Scenes conversation on the project and competition with Isabella and GMHS teacher Tim Snair.

For more information, read here.

JWPMS PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-10-01 08:44

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Blake Adamski (5th)
Nick Danowski (5th)
Bryn Gregor (6th)
Brandon Cubero (6th)
Thomas Phelps (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Photo of Week Winners

Fri, 2018-09-28 15:55

Junior Sydney Patterson & senior Kayla Freyermuth were the winners of this week’s Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

This assignment asked students to compose their photography so that they have eliminated all distractions, so that a dominant element is prominent on the page. This photoshoot is titled: ELIMINATE.

Each week throughout the course, there will be a Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Students do a peer critique of all photos and they narrow options down until we are left with just 1 photo from each class!

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to our students!

McKean Elementary Pizza Party

Fri, 2018-09-28 15:42


McKean Elementary students celebrated their summer reading today.

105 students at McKean Elementary participated in the summer reading challenge and were rewarded with a pizza party and a new book this afternoon!

The party was sponsored by the McKean PTA and organized by Literacy Coaches Mrs. Rupert and Mrs. Harroun.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-09-28 09:31

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring McKean Elementary Health & Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts, who has worked for the District for 8 years!

Outside of school Mrs. Roberts stays very active. Roberts volunteers at local athletic events and even started a running club for students at McKean Elementary!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My students smiles!! I love to watch them conquer a skill and enjoy and share the feeling of accomplishment. Watching them grow and gain confidence is very rewarding.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I feel that just like family if you need something, someone is always there. I feel very supported by everyone in my school and district.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

So many touching and funny stories… I would have to say seeing a child ride a bike for the first time and maybe when students are really enjoying an activity and ask to do it again. Also having time to discuss important issues in health and seeing them really ponder, sort and form their own opinions on health related topics.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Roberts loves art , history and travel! Her 2 sons are very artistic and they been to many museums around the world together including the Louvre in France.

Third Graders at McKean Elementary work with STEAM

Thu, 2018-09-27 10:10

Last Friday, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Sontang’s third grade classes participated in an integrated curriculum STEAM activity.

In this particular activity, students were given place value blocks and were asked to build a building. Next, the students calculated the “value” of their building and provided a description. The students then designed the landscape around their building and provided three directional statements.

Hands-on, career based projects like this promote career readiness and is what STEAM is all about!

GMHS Mrs. Thompson to present Master’s Thesis

Wed, 2018-09-26 13:37

GMHS Art Teacher Katie Thompson will be presenting her Master’s Thesis at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference next month.

Her talk is titled “Let’s Think about Growth Mindset.” During the talk she will be explaining how effective the growth mindset program was in improving students’ work ethic in her classroom. Thompson will discuss the unsuccessful and successful assessment strategies used to influence students mindsets and will provide time for a think tank in which the session’s participants will develop ideas on how they could implement growth mindset teaching strategies into their own classrooms.

A year of research in her art classroom culminated in a master’s thesis on how to form growth mindset by using specific language in assessment. She will explain growth mindset, give specific assessment strategies that promote it, and share the results of the strategies.

This mindset not only affects the students in a positive way, but gives teachers a new lens through which to view students and their work. It is also useful for handling student misbehavior and disengagement in the classroom.

Congratulations, Katie!

JWPMS PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-09-24 08:54

Congratulations to last week’s PRIDE students:

Kenna Shaut (5th)
Kiley Brawn (5th)
Ava Decker (5th)
Ethan Pifer (5th)
Gabe Dorman (5th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Trip to Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Fri, 2018-09-21 14:34

This Friday 8 buses filled with 300 Juniors and Seniors from GMHS went on a field trip to see the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Meadville.

The Moving Wall is a half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. that has been traveling across the country for those who can’t make the trip to Washington since 1984.

The trip was set up by GM’s Patriotism Professional Learning Community.  The Patriotism PLC is a group of GMHS teachers tasked with increasing patriotism among the student body.

The PLC hit the ball out of the park with this trip.  GMHS Principal Dan Mennow had this to say, “Today’s trip to the Moving Wall in Meadville was a success. There aren’t many schools that can take eight buses equaling 300 kids on a trip and not have one issue. Today’s trip was flawless, educational and rewarding in many ways.”

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-09-21 13:59

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School music teacher Bruce Yates, who has worked for the District for 31 years!

Outside of school, Mr. Yates is still very involved with music.  Yates and his wife have been Director’s of Music at St. Jude the Apostle Church for over 25 years, he sometimes steps in as a guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and he’s been involved with the Erie Playhouse for over 30 years!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Since I teach all grades…I enjoy seeing the progress and development of students from 9th grade until they graduate.  The progress that some students make is very impressive.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

We have tremendous administrative, board and community  support and a student body that is accepting and supportive of the diversity in student’s interests whether it be music, art, sports, academics.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

I have so many, however, my favorite memories are centered around when the students take ownership and leadership in their work.  It really brings a smile to my face when I walk into my room and there are a group of students rehearsing without any prompting from me.

Did you know ….

Mr. Yates makes an awesome Brisket!

 

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